Kick-off to Summer at Stone Zoo!

Sunday, June 27 Visit Stone Zoo on June 27 and get your summer off to a great start! Radio Disney will be at the Zoo from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and will entertain with music, games and prizes.

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May 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Zoo!

Sunday, June 20 Bring Dad, along with the entire family, to Franklin Park Zoo for a memorable day visiting with all of the unforgettable animals that call the Zoo home. And, best of all? Fathers will receive free admission on Father’s Day! Radio Disney will be at the Zoo from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and will entertain with music, games and prizes. Be sure not to miss the new Aussie Aviary, a free-flight, interactive experience you’re sure to remember!

Franklin Park Zoo's male father giraffe, Beau!

May 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

Sign up for ZooCamp this summer and let the adventure begin!

Are your kids looking for a wild adventure this summer? Sign them up for ZooCamp and they will immerse themselves in a memorable learning experience all while having fun and making new friends. In collaboration with Zoo New England, Camp Fire USA has been offering a day camp at Franklin Park Zoo for more than 16 years!

At ZooCamp, children ages 6-11 experience a unique environmental camp on the Zoo grounds that allow campers to go behind-the-scenes and explore the natural world of animals. Participants are provided with a variety of educational, fun, and quality experiences, and are given an opportunity to fully discover and examine elements of nature, zoo animals, their habitats and lifestyles. Participants meet zookeepers and learn about the specific needs of zoo animals. All activities are aligned with state learning standards, so children get a jump start on classes for the fall. As part of their discovery, youth participants create wildlife journals and document their observations of animal and bird activity in Birds’ World, the Tropical Forest, Outback Trail, African Savannah and Butterfly Garden.

Sessions run from the end of June to mid-August at Franklin Park Zoo. The camp day runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with before care and after care available for an additional fee. This summer, Camp Fire will again be conducting a week of ZooCamp at Stone Zoo for ages 6 – 10. This year the dates are August 16 – 20. There will also be a special “Junior Zookeeping” session for 12 – 13 year olds at Franklin Park Zoo from July 5 – 16.

For information and to register visit http://www.campfireusa-emass.org or call Camp Fire USA at 617-745-4150.

May 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

New Free-Flight, Interactive Budgie Exhibit to Debut Memorial Day Weekend at Franklin Park Zoo

Photo Credit: Tampa’s Lowry Zoo

John Linehan, President and CEO of Zoo New England,  announced the May 29 opening of Aussie Aviary, a new free-flight budgerigar (budgies) exhibit at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo.

Franklin Park Zoo’s new budgie exhibit will provide a memorable, interactive experience for zoo guests, who will be able to stroll through the exhibit space among hundreds of brightly-colored budgies. Budgerigars, affectionately called budgies, are also known as grass parakeets and are a variety of small slender parrots with long, tapering tails. As part of the experience, guests will have the opportunity to purchase seed sticks and feed the birds as they walk through the free-flight exhibit.

Budgies are mostly ground-dwelling birds native to central Australia and, because of their popularity within the pet trade, can be found in nearly every country.  In the wild, these birds are greenish in color and have black and yellow markings but, because of their popularity as home pets, they have been bred for color variations beyond those traditionally seen in the wild. The new budgie exhibit, located in the zoo’s Outback Trail, measures about 30 feet wide by 50 feet long and approximately 25 feet tall.

The exhibit, which was previously scheduled to debut last summer, was delayed due to the on-site filming of the Hollywood movie, Zookeeper.

May 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Franklin Park Zoo’s baby lemur needs a name!

The baby lemur needs a name! Submit your ideas to babylemur@zoonewengland.com, then vote from top 5 names at bostonherald.com May 9-15.  FYI, its sex is unknown at this time.  What would YOU name this cutie?

Mom, Nebbie, with her baby. Photo credit: Christina Demetrio

May 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Eco-explorers 2010 Summer Programs at Stone Zoo

Save the dates and register now!

Animals from around the world call many different places home. Spend a week exploring some of these ecosystems and making new friends at Stone Zoo. Each half-day session of this week-long program will include age appropriate group activities, games, animal encounters and more!

• June 21 – 25: 3-4 year olds
• June 28 – July 2: 5-7 year olds
• July 19 – 23: 5-7 year olds (FULL)
• July 26 – 30: 8-10 year olds
• August 9 – 13: Special Jr. Zookeeping Program for 11-13 year olds
• August 23 – 27: Special Jr. Zookeeping Program for 11-13 year olds

These summer programs run Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – noon. The cost is $100 per week for members, $125 per week for non-members. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please call 781-438-2281 for more information and/or to register. To learn more about Stone Zoo visit http://www.stonezoo.org.

April 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

Register for the 2010 Jonathan Gilmour Memorial Bike Ride!

Please join us again this year, and bring your friends for a great ride or walk, prizes, a family picnic, and the opportunity to support wildlife and conservation efforts. The Third Annual Jonathan Gilmour Memorial Bike Ride will be held May 8, 2010 in Hollis, N.H. If you do not bike, you can still participate – new this year will be a 3-mile walk for those without wheels. To learn more visit http://www.zoonewengland.org/Page.aspx?pid=287.

April 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

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